S2000 #2 Exterior Update

February 7, 2014 by Aaron in ASM, S2000 #2

We finally got around to finishing up the exterior of our S2000 #2 Demo Car

The current modification list includes:
Spoon Baffled Oil Pan
Spoon Valve Cover
Spoon Carbon Plug Cover
Spoon Oil Cap
Spoon Magnetic Oil Drain Bolt
Spoon Thermostat
Spoon Fan Switch
Spoon Aluminum Radiator
Spoon Radiator Cap
Spoon Radiator Hose
Spoon Exhaust Manifold
AP2 CR Exhaust
AP2 Retainers
Mugen V1 Intake
GOTO Garage Titanium Radiator Plate
Carbing Oil Catch Tank

AP2 Transmission
Spoon Flywheel
Spoon Clutch Disc
Spoon Pressure Plate
Spoon Release Bearing
Spoon 4.44 Final Drive
Spoon Driveshaft Spacers
Spoon Direct Shift Lever

Spoon Full Spec Dampers
Spoon Zero Bump Steer Kit
Spoon Rigid Collars
Spoon Front Strut Bar
Spoon Rear Control Arm

Wheel & Brakes
Volk Racing G25 Prism Dark Silver 18×8.5+52
Yokohama Advan AD08R 255/35-18
Stoptech Trophy Big Brake Kit
Stoptech Rear Rotors
Endless Brake Pads
Spoon Brake Pedal Box

Mineral White Metallic Paint
ASM I.S. Design Front Aero Bumper -04 FRP
ASM I.S. Design Front Lip Spoiler -07 Wet Carbon
ASM I.S. Design Rear Aero Bumper -04
ASM I.S. Design Side Aero Spoiler -07 Wet Carbon
ASM I.S. Design Ducktail Spoiler FRP
Mugen Dry Carbon Hardtop

Mugen S1 Seats
Mugen Seat Rails

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Spoon S2000 Demo Car: Buttoned Up

August 1, 2013 by Aaron in Spoon S2000 Demo Car

We finally got around to taking some pictures of our Spoon S2000 demo car after all the parts were installed. Here are some shots with our temporary wheels.

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Spoon S2000 Demo Car: Progress

July 25, 2013 by Aaron in Spoon, Spoon S2000 Demo Car

We’re getting close to completing our Spoon S2000 Demo Car. Here’s the latest items that have gone on the car.

The pile of parts waiting to be installed

First up is the Spoon Aluminum Street Radiator. Constructed entirely from aluminum for increased durability and cooling efficiency.

The street designation means that it can be installed behind the factory A/C condenser and has all the the mounting locations for the factory fans. Spoon Type-F Radiator Cap is included.

Spoon 4-2-1 Exhaust Manifold (Header).

Perfect welding and Spoon badging signify authenticity.

Spoon N1 Muffler Kit. Looks as good as it sounds.

To accommodate the Spoon S-Tai Rear Bumper we had to use the OEM JDM Reinforcement Bar and OEM JDM License Plate Bracket.

Spoon Monobloc Front Calipers and Spoon Front Rotors provide the ultimate stopping package. The Spoon calipers maintain factory pedal feel and ABS modulation with the ability to use factory sized pads and rotors. The rotors are cast with the holes instead of conventional cross drilling. This provides more strength and resistance to cracking over its life cycle all while reducing unsprung weight.

Spoon Rear Rotors are also cast with the holes instead of drilling to reduce unsprung weight, resist cracking, and increase cooling.

A set of Spoon Front and Rear Brake Pads provide better stopping power and fade resistance on and off the track.

The Spoon Brake Hose Kit completes the braking package for maximum braking efficiency.

A nice view of the Spoon Full Spec Dampers we installed earlier on.

To increase efficiency of the air coming into the engine we’re using a Spoon Venturi Throttle Body. The Spoon Throttle body has a tapered shape and increased butterfly opening to not only allow more air to enter but also sleep up the speed of the air entering the engine.

The Spoon Air Cleaner makes sure the engine receives a consistent supply of air.

The Spoon Carbon Plug Cover sheds a few grams and changes the look of the engine bay.

To better complement the Spoon Aluminum Radiator we’ve installed an ASM Radiator Overflow tank that also increases the coolant reservoir capacity. Behind it is the ASM Street Oil Catch tank to catch blow-by oil through the PCV system.

Currently we’ll be using a pair of Recaro RS-G ASM Limited Ruby seats with a set of matching Recaro Side Protector ASM Limited II.

Can’t forget the Spoon 6speed Duracon Shift Knob. The lightweight composite material provides accurate shifts and will not change temperatures.

Finally moving on the the exterior pieces we got back from paint. The Spoon Aero Mirrors mount to the factory location and feature a more aerodynamic shape.

The lens has a wide angle view with a blue tint to reduce glare. The mirrors also fold up like the factory mirrors to avoid damage when struck.

Rear quarters panels cut, inner fender bent out to meet outerpanel, then sealed. Ready for Spoon Rear Fender installation with maximum clearance.

Spoon Rear Wide Fenders installed.

Spoon Front Wide Fenders installed.

Spoon S-Tai Bonnet installed.

Spoon S-Tai Front Bumper installed.

Spoon Front Grill for the S-Tai Bumper.

Spoon S-Tai Rear Bumper and Spoon 3D GT Wing.

Spoon S-Tai Rear Diffuser.

All buttoned up.

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ASM S2000 CR Demo Car: Dry Carbon Update

July 22, 2013 by Aaron in ASM, ASM S2000 CR Demo Car

Before the car’s first time in public we added a couple bits to the exterior.

The addition of the ASM I.S. Design Dry Carbon Aero Bonnet and ASM I.S. Design Front Canards finish up the look of the front end.

In addition of the larger front lip of the ASM I.S. Design Front Aero Bumper IS-11, the addition of the canards further increases front end downforce.

The Dry Carbon ASM I.S. Design Aero Bonnet is one of the only hoods available for the S2000 that is actually lighter than the very light factory aluminum hood. Weighing in at 10.5lbs it’s about half the weight of the factory hood. The vent serves to draw hot air out from behind the radiator to decrease overall engine bay temps. The underside of the hood also features molded-in rain channels to catch and divert water entering the vent. The hump allows for use of a variety of intake options such as the Mugen Intake and the ASM Ram Air intake we’re currently using.

We’re using a special one-off Dry Carbon ASM GT-05 Rear Wing with a 2×1 race weave.

Full dry carbon components throughout.

The ASM GT-05 wing measures 1410mm wide, 60mm wider than the standard ASM Rear Wing

MRacing Type-1 side view mirrors provide a cleaner look.

CR side emblems remind us that we started off with an S2000 CR.

The addition of the rear wing and canards really improves the overall side profile of the car.

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Spoon S2000 Demo Car: Exterior Peek

June 5, 2013 by Aaron in Spoon, Spoon S2000 Demo Car

A peek at the exterior parts of our Spoon S2000 Demo Car as get it ready to send to Tristar Autobody & Paint.

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ASM S2000 CR Demo Car: Suspension, Chassis Braces, and Other Bits

June 4, 2013 by Aaron in ASM, ASM S2000 CR Demo Car, Spoon

After getting started on the exterior of our ASM S2000 CR Demo Car we move on to the other parts of the car.

As always, we lay out the parts and plan out the installation procedure to make sure things are installed in an efficient order.

First we lower the front subframe. This allows for installation of a number of parts such as the Spoon Subframe Rigid Collars.

The lowered subframe also makes it easier to remove the steering rack bolts which need to be replaced to accommodate the longer bolts of the ASM Front Bump Steer Kit. At the same time, this gives us an opportunity to install the ASM Front Tower Bar GT -Short and the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT -Short. Both of which also require removing the steering rack bolts. The “-Short” denotation refers to versions of these bars that are specifically designed to accommodate the 20mm spacer that is installed below the steering rack. This picture is a great representation of how the whole system works together. The ASM Front Tower Bar GT connects to the rear bolts of the steering rack to the front shock towers while the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT connects the front bolts of the steering rack to the sway bar mounting point on the body. These two bars combined adds 4 additional points of triangulation between the body and the subframe. In addition to the rigid collars, the subframe feels as one with the rest of the car and suspension feel and response is dramatically improved.

The ASM Front Bump Steer Kit reduces front bump steer on lowered cars by spacing the steering rack up and back to correct the angle of the tie rod to the knuckle. You can also see the mounting point of the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT to the front bolts of the steering rack.

The ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT has 2 components to it. The first part reinforces the rear section of the front subframe to decrease flex in the open part of the subframe. The second part is the section that braces front steering rack mount on the subframe to the sway bar bracket attachment point on the body.

Moving on to the rear part of the steering rack, the ASM Front Tower Bar GT attaches to the shock towers and then down to the rear bolts of the steering rack. This further prevents subframe flex and ties crucial suspension points together for a very direct suspension feel.

Another item that can be addressed while installing the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT is the ASM Front Adjustable Stabilizer Bar since one of the mounting points is already removed. The ASM Front Adjustable Stabilizer Bar is designed to be close to factory spec but offers 3 steps of adjustment. Excessive body roll should be addressed with harder springs, not harder sway bars. ASM Stabilizer bars are designed for fine tuning the overall balance of the car with 3 steps of adjustment. You can also see the mounting position of the ASM Front Lower Arm Bar GT

We also have some Spoon bits to install up front. First up, a set of Spoon Full Spec Dampers with the standard 14kg/mm front springs. We’ve had great experience with these using them on all our Demo cars.

To increase the camber range of the front suspension we use Spoon Offset Ball Joints which are made of stainless steel instead of aluminum. These increase the amount of negative camber range by 2.5 degrees.

Can’t forget a set of Spoon Monobloc Calipers. These rotors have taking a beating on track but that’s the great thing about Spoon calipers, OEM sized rotors are used so replacements are cheap and readily available.

Here we can see many of the components how they all interact with each other in one shot.

Moving on to the rear end we finish up the rigid collar installation with the rear subframe.

Then the rear coilovers of the Spoon Full Spec Damper Kit with the standard 12kg/mm springs.

To reduce rear bumper steer and allow for independent camber and toe adjustment we installed a set of Spoon Rear Control Arms. These are made of stainless steel for maximum durability and strength unlike most aftermarket manufacturers who use aluminum.

The ASM Rear Stabilizer Bar completes the set to allow for fine tuning of balance.

The Spoon Rear Cross Beam Bar replaces the weak factory one.

Tying the front and rear subframes together for an additional point of reinforcement we installed the ASM Floor Ladder Bars. These attach rear most attachment point of the front subframe to the forward most attachment point of the rear subframe.

When the ASM Floor Ladder Bar is used in conjunction with the Front Lower Arm Bar GT, the Front Ladder Bar GT is required due to clearance issues.

A view of the all the front components installed.

All the rear components installed.

Moving on to the engine bay we installed the iconic Spoon Yellow Valve Cover.

Topped with a Spoon Carbon Kevlar Plug Cover.

Can’t forget the Spoon Oil Cap and Spoon Radiator Cap.

The ASM Oil Filter Bracket prevents the oil filter from coming loose during racing conditions.

An ASM Steet Oil Catch Tank catches blow-by oil through the PCV systems. This keeps the intake manifold and valves clean from blow-by oil buildup over time. On the race track, the catch tank catches a significant amount of oil.

For increased durability and capacity, we installed an ASM Radiator Overflow Tank.

The most eye-catching part of the engine bay is the ASM Ram Air Cleaner. Jointly developed by GruppeM, the ASM Ram Air Cleaner provdes fresh air from the grill area and has a ram air effect to force air into the air filter creating more power at speed. The large section after the filter provides a large volume of air on tap in front of the throttle body for a strong initial throttle response. A beautiful carbon finish and smooth internals tops it all off.

The front radiator support is closed with the ASM Radiator Plate for the ASM Intake.

So we don’t have lay the factory hood prop on the intake system, we installed a set of GReddy Hood Lifters.

That’s it for this stage. More to come of course…

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ASM S2000 CR Demo Car: Exterior Start

June 3, 2013 by Aaron in ASM, ASM S2000 CR Demo Car

In addition to our Spoon S2000 Demo Car we’re also building an ASM S2000 CR Demo Car this year. We’re excited to start it off with a couple exterior bits. The first thing we wanted to do was get the car on the ground with the correct wheel fitment so needed to start off with the ASM I.S. Design Front Fenders, ASM I.S. Design Rear Over Fenders, and ASM I.S. Design Front Bumper rolling on Volk Racing CE28 17×9+40 / 17×9.5+35 in Formula Silver.

We started with a clean low mileage S2000 CR.

First stage of parts laid out before installation.

Getting crowded having 3 project cars are one time. There are 4 great bumpers pictured here. S2000 CR, ASM I.S. Design Front Aero Bumper IS-11, Spoon S-Tai Front Bumper, and the ASM I.S. Design Front Aero Bumper -04 peeking in the background.

The Volk Racing CE28 17×9.5+35 has a nice concave face with a big lip.

To get started we dove right in and cut up the rear quarter panel of this nice S2000 CR

ASM I.S. Design Rear Over Fenders installed

Wheels fit nicely under the over fenders.

Front Fenders and Wheels mounted. These wheels fit nicely under the fenders and have good clearance with the Spoon Monobloc calipers.

Finished up this first phase with the front bumper.

ASM Front Bumpers are slightly lower than the factory bumper so all mounting hardware to secure the front undertray is included in the kit.

What we have so far. Lots more to come…

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Spoon S2000 Demo Car: Getting Started

May 14, 2013 by Aaron in Spoon S2000 Demo Car

We’re very excited to get started on our official Spoon S2000 Demo Car. We started with a clean low mileage 2002 AP1 S2000. We’ll be using this car for product testing, track testing, and exhibiting at car show and events. Customers will be able to see all the parts Spoon offers for the S2000 in person.

First thing we did was swap out the engine and tranny for some more power with the F22C. This also gives us a good opportunity to do a lot of upgrades while the engine and subframe are out.

One of the best upgrades to any S2000 is a lightweight Spoon Chromoly Flywheel especially on an AP2 with a heavier OEM flywheel. While we’re at it, a Spoon Clutch Disc and Spoon Clutch Cover go in along with a Spoon Release Bearing.

The cooling system is one of the easiest and most effective upgrades to any S2000. The Spoon Radiator Hoses, Spoon Thermostat, Spoon Fan Switch, and Spoon Radiator Cap allow the engine to run cool and efficient to allow it to produce the maximum amount of power possible. While the cooling system is upgrades, the water pump on this lightly used engine was replaced as a precautionary measure.

Dropping the engine out with the subframe also allows access and easy replacement for the front suspension components. First up is a set of Spoon Full Spec Dampers, one of best on the market. Aggressive for the street but great on track.

The removed subframe also allows for an extremely easy installation of the Spoon Front Zero Bump Steer Kit. These steering rack spacers correct the geometry of the front steering rods in order to reduce front bump steer on lowered cars.

Another beneficial suspension upgrade are the Spoon Front Offset Ball Joints that shift the camber range 2.5 degrees to allow more negative front camber. The stainless steel construction is the only one of its kind and far more durable than the aluminum ones from other manufacturers.

The exposed subframe mounting holes allow us to see how much bigger the opening is than the bolt that goes through it so a set of Spoon Rigid Collars fills in this gap to dramatically increase overall chassis rigidity.

There would be no better time to install the Spoon Engine and Transmission Mount Kit than while installing the new engine onto the subframe. The Spoon mounts are much stronger and more responsive using solid rubber instead of the weak fluid filled OEM mounts. The transmission bracket also reinforced with a gusset plate to prevent it from flexing from the increased rigidity of the mounts.

Topping it all off is a Spoon Oil Cap. It serves more than just a nice shiny piece under the hood. The plastic OEM oil cap is known to crack after years of high engine vibrations and drops little bits of plastic into the valvetrain damaging critical engine components.

Front assembly is ready to go back into the car.

All buttoned up and a great start to this build.

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S2000 #2 Spoon Suspension Bits

March 29, 2013 by Aaron in S2000 #2, Spoon

After doing some maintenance and essentials. It’s time for a few more Spoon items that are great additions to any S2000 build.

Completing the installation of the Spoon Rigid Collar Kit with the rear subframe. These greatly improves the overall chassis rigidity and suspension feel in the rear end.

Spoon Driveshaft Spacers are an essential mod for any lowered AP1 S2000. These help correct the driveshaft position on lowered cars to prevent premature wear of the bearing and CV joints. The one piece solid stainless steel design is much stronger than other companies that use 2-piece designs or makes them out of aluminum.

Another essential mod for any lowered S2000 is a set of Spoon Rear Control Arms. These correct the the to rear suspension geometry between the control arm and knuckle to prevent rear bump steer. The adjustable length also allows for better alignment settings to be achieved.

Coilovers are usually considered the most important or the only suspension piece needed for most people but they’re only a piece of the overall suspension package. The Spoon Full Spec Dampers is a great addition to the suspension package of a tracked or daily driven S2000. The corrosion and rust resistant surface offers great durability against the elements and the single-way adjustment allows for street comfort or race track settings. Ride height and pre-load is independently adjustable for a wide range of settings. Front springs are 14kg/mm and rear are 12kg/mm to provide sharp steering response and stable handling with either street or race tires.

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S2000 #2 Maintenance and Essentials

January 29, 2013 by Aaron in S2000 #2, Spoon

After refreshing the exterior of the car, it’s time to move on to some maintenance and essential updates to get the car running in tip top shape.

We raided our shelves for the essential Spoon products for any S2000

A beneficial update to any AP1 is an AP2 transmission. The shorter secondary reduction gear, different ratios, and carbon synchro’s complement well with the AP1 motor.

While the transmission was off it was a good time to swap out the old Mugen Pressure Plate and Toda Flywheel for a new Spoon Clutch package consisting of a Spoon Pressure Plate, Spoon Clutch Disc, Spoon Flywheel, and Spoon Reinforced Release Bearing.

Removing the transmission also allows the oil pan to come off easier so it’s good time to add a Spoon Baffled Oil Pan.

While the oil pan is off, it’s a perfect opportunity to change out the oil jet bolts on this early model AP1 motor for the updated design.

Another preventative measure for early AP1 cars are AP2 retainers on an AP1 head. For that, the Toda valve spring changer is a great tool to have for this task.

While the engine and subframe are out, it’s a good time to install the Spoon Rigid Collar Kit. This is definitely an essential mod to any car considering how much it improves the overall rigidity of the car and how easy and relatively cheap it is.

With the subframe out, the steering rack is now much easier to access so it’s a good time to install some Spoon Front Zero Bump Steer Kit / Steering Rack Spacers to help correct the alignment and bump steer on a lowered car.

With all these Spoon parts on the car, why not top it all off with some dress-up parts.

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  • Jesse
    January 30th, 2013 / 08:22 PST

    Great improvemens! can’t wait to see whats up next

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